Anitta - Based on My Own Merit

By Alana Salas-Yoshii, Tara Ebrahimiam, Luci Simpson, Noah Krigel, and Coleen Carrigan, PhD

female colleagues in conversation.


Five female friends, three engineering students and two Electrical Engineers, discuss issues they currently face in school and the workplace such as micro-aggressions, meritocracy, and structural barriers.

The case can be used to help develop career skills that may be useful to achieving long-term success, such as:

  • Becoming a change agent in your organization
  • Forming alliances with other women
  • Overcoming Stereotype threat / Impostor Syndrome


Upon completion of this case, students will be able to:

  • Recognize microagressions, meritocratic ideologies and colorblind systems of beliefs related to navigating STEM workplaces and educational settings as an underrepresented group member.
  • Identify strategies for building your professional support network for career advancement.
  • Identify strategies for collaboration with other women in STEM.